On October 5, 1998, Governor George Pataki dedicated the New York State Fallen Firefighters' Memorial at the Empire State Plaza, in Albany, New York. Perhaps the finest memorial to both career and volunteer firefighters in America, this striking bronze monument is dedicated to the more than 2000 firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty in New York State.
The ten feet tall bronze sculpture by noted artist Robert J. Eccleston of Schuyler Falls, New York, depicts an injured firefighter being assisted by two of his brothers. They lead him, symbolicly, away from the wall of fallen heroes.
The names of New York's 2100 fallen heroes who have died since 1806 are engraved in the 54 feet long marble and granite wall that stands behind the sculpture.
To leave a message of condolence for the many FDNY firefighters who lost their lives at the World Trade Center tragedy, or for information on giving a donation for their families, please visit
the New York State Firefighters Online Memorial.
If you are planning to be in Albany, be sure to visit the Fallen Firefighters Memorial,located at the north (State Street) end of the Empire State Plaza, adjacent to the Justice Building. Also nearby is the New York State Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. The New York State Museum's World Trade Center Memorial Exhibit, including FDNY's Engine 6, is just a short walk from the memorial site.
Be sure to visit the New York State Firefighters' Memorial Website , an online tribute to all of New York's firefighters who have made the supreme sacrifice. That site now includes a special section, Heroes of 9/11 Remembered.